Alpha Hydroxy Acids

By Gi Gi Spencer

AHAs are in many fruits
Many AHAs come from fruit

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are a class of chemical compounds that occur naturally in fruits, milk and sugar cane. The most common AHA used in cosmetic products is Glycolic acid which is derived from sugar cane and lactic acid which is the substance that gives muscle burn when you exercise. Other AHAs used are citric acid found from oranges, lemons and other citrus fruits, also Mandalic made from bitter almonds, tartaric acid made from plants and grapes, and  2-hyroxyoctanoic acid and 2-hydroxydecanoic acid. AHAs may be obtained from their natural sources or can be made in a lab.

AHAs help exfoliate the skin which means to peel away the very top surface so that new more evenly pigmented skin cells may generate and take their place.
AHAs promote collagen production and blood flow, brighten the complexion and increase absorption of products applied  to the skin.

Not all AHAs have the same exfoliating power and the amount of exfoliation is determined by the type and strength of the acid used. Always keep in mind that high concentrations of AHAs might cause skin irritation and also sensitivity to the sun for up to a week. You should wear sunscreen daily and reapply more frequently to prevent sunburn if you are using Alpha Hydroxy Acids or have had a chemical peel with AHAs (or any chemical peel).

If you want a chemical peel, it is recommended to visit your favorite esthetician for a professional treatment, unless you are an esthetician or have been trained in caring for the skin and in the use of chemical peels. If you do not have a favorite skin care provider, our experienced estheticians at L Aesthetics and Longevity are happy to assess your skin and
develop a plan just for you to address your skin complaints.

AHAs can help give you brighter skin
AHAs can help you meet your skin goals.

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